Tudor and Stuart Masterclass – Beginning the Petite Pincushion

Starting The Petite Pincushion

Starting The Petite Pincushion

There were two additional projects included in the Tudor and Stuart Goldwork Masterclass, to provide further opportunities to use some of the stitches we are learning. The Tudor Pincushion was one, and this “Petite Pincushion” is the second.  The materials include a piece of silk brocade for the backing, some gold cord to provide an ornamental edge, and more spools of assorted metal threads for the goldwork stitches.

Whereas the silk stitchery for the Tudor Pincushion was in primarily in Tent Stitch, most of the silk work on the Petite Pincushion is in Queen Stitches. I’ve not done any since I finished the silkwork on the sampler, and I am finding that I am having to remind myself to pull them tight to create the openwork effect. I will have to remember to line the embroidered side of the pincushion or the stuffing will poke out through the gaps!

I stitched centre lines on the fabric, but as you can see, once I had the first stitch placed I snipped out the middle stitches and pulled them back out of the way.

I’ve already finished with two of the silk colours, which appear only in the central starburst. Now I just have to do rows of strapwork in the other two colours, as well as the four blocks of tent stitches that provide a basis for a rather intriguing-looking interwoven stitch which will probably be nearly the last element I add.


  1. I started it, got to the rows of queen stitches in the darker teal and gold, and miscounted a gold strip. Dang. Now I have to pull a bunch out, never a good thing with queen stitches. 🙁

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this! I used to embroider, the I was bitten by the counted cross-stich bug, but then that gace way to patchwork and quilting. However, looking at your beautiful work, I can feel a little embroidery project could be in the offing!!

  3. Penny says:

    This is going to be another lovely!

  4. This looks an interesting project. I think having to stitch another item after learning new stitches is a great way to get it into your long term memory.

  5. karen says:

    well for me it’s enough just to look at that gorgeous assortment of supplies.

  6. Janice says:

    The scale is so tiny! Petite indeed…
    Do you always use a square frame with the pins rather than a hoop or a wooden frame that you stitch your fabric to – or is it better for some materials and not for others? I’ve used self-assembly frames for canvas and heavy fabrics but normally I use a hoop.

  7. Lady Fi says:

    What teeny tiny stitches! Love the pattern and can’t wait to see how it will develop.

  8. Penny says:

    It’s so tiny and those Queen stitches look so complex! You don’t shy away from anything do you.

  9. Susan says:

    I agree with Karen. The photo of the supplies is gorgeous. And I know your finished cushion will be too…Good for you tackling more queen stitch!

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